"Back in Time" (CD Single)

 
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Pop-rap single is OK for kids too young for MIB 3 movie.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

You have to go back in time to understand the future.

Positive role models

Pitbull shows his versatility as he voices the theme song to a very popular, mainstream movie franchise.

Violence

No violence in the song, but in the movie there are usually some aliens getting shot.

Sex
Not applicable
Language

Says "I don't give a number two."

Consumerism

Promotes release of Men in Black III: Back in Time.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this single is from the soundtrack to the third installment of the Men in Black movie franchise. Sung by rapper Pitbull, the song is surprisingly clean (there is one line about "not giving a number two") and fun for kids who might be too young for the movie.  The song samples the popular Mickey and Sylvia duet "Love is Strange" from Dirty Dancing.

What's the story?

Latin rapper Pitbull sings the theme song to Men in Black III: Back in Time, aptly titled "BACK IN TIME." This is the first time Will Smith hasn't sung the theme song to the movies he helped make famous. The song is about going back in time to save the future.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

"In order to understand the future, we have to go back in time," sings Pitbull, and apparently he means all the way back to the '50s. The popular song "Love is Strange" (made famous by Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey in Dirty Dancing), sung by the duo Mickey and Sylvia, is dubbed in much of the bass-heavy club mix. The retro sound and techno beats work surprisingly well, and it's sure to be a hit with Men in Black and rap fans alike.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the fact that Will Smith is not singing the theme song to this movie when he did for the previous two. Why do you think that is? Do you think the movie producers could be trying to appeal to a different or wider audience?

  • Does it matter who sings the theme song to a movie? Why do you think the producers chose Pitbull?

  • Will singing a mainstream pop song help or hurt Pitbull's rap career and reputation?

Music details

Artist:Pitbull
Release date:March 26, 2012
Type:Single
Label:RCA
Genre:Hip-hop
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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Teen, 16 years old Written byabbacus June 1, 2012
 

One of my favorite songs!

Featured on MIB3. I love Pitbull.
Kid, 11 years old May 28, 2012
 

Addictive Pitbull MIB Track

Pitbull pleases as always, and now he's singing for a MIB movie. When I first heard about this news, I automatically went on iTunes and listened to a sample of it. I loved it. Great rap by Pitbull. Now for the parental review. This promotes the new MIB movie: MIB 3. The movie has a lot of violence in it, but it's kid-targeted and not too bad. For the language department, Pitbull says, "I don't give a number two." That shouldn't be a problem at all. This is probably the cleanest Pitbull track ever. For the parental review for the music video. The video was well done. There is alien action in the video. Weapon use. In a Chinese restaurant, Pitbull pours some suspicious looking drink (probably alcohol) in a cup. He is about to drink it but is interrupted by an alien. All in all, an addictive song.
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Too much consumerism
Kid, 10 years old August 30, 2013
 

VERY CATCHY

This Is A Very Good Song.The Video And The Song Are Cool And Clean.I Definitely Recommend It.

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